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Trail Window ArtWalk 2020

posted May 3, 2021, 9:28 PM by Executive Director

Past exhibit:

Trail Window ArtWalk!

Sept 2 - 30, 2020

 During Covid times, the Arts community has been pushed to get creative in finding ways to support and present the works of our local Artists. So came the idea of the ‘Trail Window ArtWalk’; paying Artists to create art installations inside downtown Trail business windows so that they may be seen during the month of September. With goals to support and pay artists, celebrate downtown businesses, and offer a way for the public to experience art at their own schedule without going inside a venue.

Window ArtWalk Participating Businesses & Artists:

1.) New Mural! - Trail & District Arts Council dedicated to supporting the Arts.
    ART: "Alpenflow" by Jessa Gilbert

2.) Trail Museum & Archives - collects, preserves, shares & exhibits the rich history of Trail.
    ART: "Change is the only constant" by Kelly Shpeley

3.) Community Inclusion Centre - supports social integration and building social networks
    ART: "Create." by Briana Haslam

4.) Ye Old Flower Shoppe - Offers fresh flowers & delivery to your door
   ART: "Flowery Language" by Dandylion

5.) Trail Coffee Co. - Local Cafe, Restaurant, and Coffee Roastary
   ART: "It's All Good...Until It's Not" by Josh Vlaming of JTVDesigns

6.) The Wooden Hanger - Women’s Consignment Boutique
   ART: "Collective Exhibit" by the Tuesday Morning Quilters

7.) The Late-Night Record Shop - Vinyl. Turntables. Clothing.
   ART: "Imprinted Imagination" by Charlotte Gibson

8.) JJ's Fashion - Family owned & operated clothing store for 35 years
   ART: "Purrfect Films" by Erin Shuttleworth

9.) The Higher Path - Locally owned recreational cannabis retail store
   ART:  " Moiré " by Antoine Marcheterre

10.) Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy - our regions ​not-for-profit literacy organization
      ART: "Rumble Ramble Bramble" by Ben Walker

This project sponsored by VISAC Gallery, the Columbia Basin Trust, Trail & District Arts Council, and the City of Trail.

**Please follow all Covid protocols in any businesses that you may decide to visit as well as the 6ft social distancing around town.** 

Print out the map below or save the img to your phone for quick reference downtown!

Art of Adornment

posted May 3, 2021, 9:27 PM by Executive Director


posted Mar 17, 2020, 2:19 PM by Executive Director


By  Lars Baggenstos

An all new body of sculptural work by local Artist Lars Baggenstos Sculptor & Illustrator.

Opening Reception
When: Friday Feb 7th / 5:30-8pm
*Short Artist Talk at 7pm*

Where: VISAC Gallery, 1501 Cedar Ave, Trail 
Lowest Level of Community Building

Who: Everyone is welcome.
Light refreshments are provided and a small, cash wine bar.

Artist Statement for this new body of work; FRACTURA :

"This series has its roots in a violent experience I had in 2014, which left me wondering about the other invisible scars people carry around within. My thoughts went further to other living beings and their untold stories of violence and trauma.
Now, five years after the incident, it felt like the right time to create a series about untold stories of hidden memories and overgrown stories. The idea of invisible scars reminded me of working with lumber. You never know what you might encounter beneath the layer of bark: while removing layer upon layer of growth, old injuries and traumata are revealed. "

" For this series, I chose to work with discarded walnut logs. Agricultural trees like these carry multitudes of signs and marks – their lives’ stories buried deep within annual growth rings. Sawn-off branches, regrown. Axe marks, rebar, nails and buckshot. This story is one of violent memories and how we heal, mend and adapt. 

The traditional technique of woodcarving is by its nature a long, drawn out process, one that demands constant and repeated reflection upon the figure emerging beneath the tools. This long, contemplative engagement with the material determines the character of the final figure: a more complex a presence emerges. It is a technique that lends itself to complex stories."

MAIL ART+ , a showing of VISAC permanent collection & collections on loan.

posted Feb 7, 2020, 9:44 AM by Executive Director

Fall 2019

posted Dec 18, 2019, 11:24 AM by Executive Director

Beyond the Line

The West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (WKCFCA) is presenting “Beyond the Line,” a juried exhibit of paintings, at the VISAC Gallery, downtown Trail, from November 8th to December 13th.

"Beyond the Line” is well represented by ten WKCFCA artists: Sandra Donohue and Astrid Pinkerton of Robson: Lis Semenoff of Trail; Barb Pistak of Rossland; Robyn Gold of Salmo; Sandra Irvine of Nelson; Helen Whyte of Kaslo; Elaine Alfoldy of Erickson; Carol Retzlaff of Glade; and Darlene Dautel of Grand Forks.

The Federation of Canadian Artists, founded in 1941, is a community of artists and art lovers. The head office and gallery are located in Vancouver, on Granville Island, where bi-monthly juried exhibits by emerging and signature artists are featured. Its mission is to promote the passion and pleasure of the visual arts through exhibition, education and communication. The FCA, a non-profit organization has chapters throughout Canada. More information about the FCA membership, exhibits, and workshops can be found on its website: www.artists.ca . The West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists was founded in Trail, in 2001.For information about the WKCFCA, visit their website: www.wkcfca.com , or visit their Facebook page West Kootenay Chapter FCA.

River Relations

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:28 PM by Executive Director

River Relations, A Beholder's Share of the Columbia River.

Works by Artists Genevieve Robertson, John Holmgren, Nick Conbere, Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Emmy Willis & Zoe Kostuchuk!

When: Opening Reception: Sept 20, 2019 / 5:30-8pm
Who: Everyone's invited! Light refreshments will be offered.
Showing: Sept 20 - Nov 1
Where: 1501 Cedar Ave, Downtown Trail, BC
Lowest Level of Community Building

"An interdisciplinary artistic research project undertaken as a response to the damming and development of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, and the upcoming renegotiation of the
Columbia River Treaty."

Find out more on this amazing exhibit and it's artworks at riverrelations.ca

Crowe High Art Showcase

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:23 PM by Executive Director

Over & Under pottery show

posted May 30, 2019, 2:51 PM by Executive Director

Over & Under

VISAC Pottery Club Spring Show & Sale!

showing April 5 - May 17, 2019

VISAC Pottery Club Annual Spring Show & Sale!
Over & Under, opening night April 5th 6-8pm.

Everyone's invited.
1501 Cedar Ave, Trail BC

Planters, hangers, chimes, pots & more!
Door prizes, refreshments, & a Bob Ross Memorial Ceremony.

People Choice Sculpture Contest! Theme: Forms

We will be dedicating the VISAC Pottery Studio to Boss Ross's memory for all the work and support he gave to VISAC and the Trail Arts community back in its foundation days.

Did you know Bob Ross? If you have a sentence or 2 you would like to have added to Bob Ross's memorial wall during the show please comment on it below in the comments and it will get printed out and added to his story board fo the duration of the pottery show.

Diane Oser - Memorial Exhibit

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:46 PM by Executive Director

Artist's Biography - Diane Oser – 12/26/1955 to 11/21/2018

Diane Malcha Oser was originally from Montreal, Quebec. From a young age she was interested in both music and the arts, attending the McGill Conservatory of Music and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. As a young adult she relocated to Vancouver, BC, where she attended the art program at Capilano College,

During the busy years of raising her children she continued to paint and teach piano For a period of time she was able to return to Montreal and further her education at Concordia University's Fine Arts program.

As an artist, Diane enjoyed working with all mediums, though her particular favorites are oils and watercolors. Another skill that Diane acquired was the restoration of fine oil paintings, something she learned while apprenticing with a Master Furniture Restorer in Montreal.

For her last 29 years Diane lived in the West Kootenay in BC. Most of this time was spent in Salmo, BC. In 2007 she married and moved  with her husband Doug Alder and their 3 cats and two dogs to Trail BC where Diane continued teaching art and piano. In 2008 Diane's paintings were part of the Trail and District Art Walk and has also shown at the annual 'Art of Wine” fundraising event for the pediatric unit at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, here in Trail.

Diane was an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and won the Gold Award for a painting  exhibited in June 2009

Muse: The art of Comic & Illustration - Erin Shuttleworth

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:44 PM by Executive Director

About Erin Shuttleworth :
Erin is a comic artist and illustrator who specializes in works of fantasy and comedy. Her work is a combination of digital art and traditional ink, with strong, thick linework. Influenced by “The God of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka, her art is a blend of western and eastern styles, with stories that focus on human relationships, magic and love.

Erin has been drawing and making comics for 20 years. Since graduating from UVic with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2014, she has been expanding her body of work to include children’s books and illustration. She has been published in magazines, newsletters and books, with many more self-published projects ongoing. Her most popular series is Skeleton Joe, written by Spencer Crispin, about a Skeleton’s daily life. Some titles include: “Skeleton Joe Finds Fresh Fruit”, “Skeleton Joe and the Day of Mild Inconveniences” and “Skeleton Joe’s Fishing Jamboree Extraordinaire”.
Never taking herself too seriously, Erin is always having fun while making art. A huge fan of video games, comics, cartoons, movies and books, she is unable to resist sneaking in references. Her time travel/fantasy comic, Mindless MUSE, has a main set of characters reminiscent of old-school JRPG video games - The thief, mage, princess and warrior - and the characters “level up” as time goes on, learning new skills and abilities.

Erin is excited to share her work with the Kootenays, and inspire fellow creators and patrons of the arts to explore the ever growing medium of comic and illustration.

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